By Michael F. Holt
The genial yet afflicted New Englander whose single-minded partisan loyalties infected the nation's simmering conflict over slavery
Charming and good-looking, Franklin Pierce of latest Hampshire was once drafted to wreck the impasse of the 1852 Democratic conference. even though he seized the White condo in a landslide opposed to the imploding Whig social gathering, he proved a dark failure in office.
Michael F. Holt, a number one historian of nineteenth-century partisan politics, argues that during the wake of the Whig cave in, Pierce used to be fed on through an obsessive force to unify his splintering occasion instead of the roiling kingdom. He quickly started to overreach. observe leaked that Pierce sought after Spain to promote the slave-owning island of Cuba to the USA, rousing sectional divisions. Then he supported repeal of the Missouri Compromise, which restricted the growth of slavery within the west. Violence broke out, and "Bleeding Kansas" spurred the formation of the Republican get together. through the tip of his time period, Pierce's liked social gathering had ruptured, and he misplaced the nomination to James Buchanan.
In this incisive account, Holt indicates how a unsuitable chief, so devoted to his social gathering and ill-suited for the presidency, hastened the procedure of the Civil War.
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